ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Born in Cuba, Osmany Montano has been Ballet Master at America’s Ballet School since 2007 where he shares his passion for dance with younger generation. Montano trained with the Cuban National Ballet under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Ramona De Saá and Magda Campo. He was awarded a silver medallion at the Cuban Ballet Festival.
Montano has danced with the Cuban National Ballet and Ballet of Santiago de Cuba, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and Ballet of Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso, as well as the National Ballet of Caracas. Internationally, he has performed in Israel, Germany, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. In the United States, he has performed with the Tulsa Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. His classical repertory includes Arlequinada, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Diana and Acteon, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty, among others. Montano has danced principal roles in contemporary works such as Carmina Burana, Doble Corchea, Majisimo, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Scherezade. He performed works by such contemporary masters as Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, Mauro Galindo, Maria Eugenia Barrios, Vicente Nebrada, and Alberto Mendez.
Since 2007 when he joined the faculty of America’s Ballet School, Montano has staged full-length classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Paquita and the Nutcracker.
Montano shares his strengths as an artist and educator, assisting students in development of proper ballet technique as well as partnering skills. He has been awarded as an “Outstanding Teacher” at the Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competitions. Since 2011, he has been an adjunct dance professor at the University of South Florida.